Are Prospects Bright for Massage School Graduates

Massage School GraduatesOverheard in a downtown cafe one day:

“I’m booked for the next 3 months.  I’ve had to turn away clients and feel bad because I want to help them.”

“I’ve just earned my license so I’m relatively new in the field.  The place I work for though has a steady stream of clients so I’m slowly building good client relationships.  The potential for repeat business is excellent.”

When you graduate from massage school and earn your license, you gain experience by working in a salon or spa, in the offices of doctors, occupational therapists, physiologists and rehabilitation therapists, and chiropractors.  You may find joy in working in fitness centers and gyms, or in hotels and corporate environments.

Some massage therapists also choose to be self-employed.  In fact, of the 118,000 massage therapists in 2006, 64 percent% were self-employed, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Here’s the good news:  job growth for massage therapists is expected to rise faster than average.  There are also good job prospects for those who want to practice massage therapy part-time.

The better news?

The Department of Labor forecasts a 20% increase of jobs for the 10-year period from 2006 to 2016!  This number will continue to grow because more and more people are learning (and enjoying) the numerous benefits of massage therapy.

The prospects are even brighter because massage therapy has come to be accepted by health care providers and insurance companies as a legitimate medical approach.

Massage therapists who are formally trained and have the necessary state and national credentials face bright opportunities in the field of massage therapy.  In addition to earning your license, you may want to devote time and effort to networking.

One way of doing this is to join a state association or local chapter of a recognized massage organization.  You can’t underestimate the value of networking skills.  It will provide referral business, enabling you to establish a constant stream of clients.  If you’re female, you have an edge over your male counterparts, because 84% of massage therapists in 2006 were female.

If you’re looking for advancement in your career as a massage therapist, earn all the licensing and certifications required, refine your networking skills by looking at membership possibilities at associations and foundations, and most of all, find meaning in what you do.  Finding meaning is probably the one task that you have to nurture and sustain throughout your career.

Since massage therapy rhymes with the giving of care and the promoting of wellness, how about thinking of giving some of your time to people in need?  In other words, keep the spirit of volunteerism alive whenever time permits.  It is what Susan Lallak describes as “seeing the beauty within” where modest acts of charity allowed her to see people from a different perspective.



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